We weigh in with some rumor control.
While broadcasting the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas from Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Radio Le Mans broadcasters hinted at a “massive” announcement coming later this week.
What could it be? Vocal chord polyps for lead announcer John Hindhaugh (in photo -- Hindhaugh, not polyps). A live camera showing “Cabana Boy” Jonny Palmer broadcasting in a bathing suit?
Yes, all possible. Perhas even likely. But more likely is that Radio Le Mans could be taking over the radio broadcasting duties for the TUDOR United Sports Car Champonship broadcast in 2015, possibly starting with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
NASCAR’s Motor Racing Network has been handling the broadcasts, but on weekends like this past one, multiple NASCAR events, which take priority, mean a juggling of MRN’s already leanish staff of 17 announcers, plus a cramming session by NASCAR reporters who have to shift gears and talk about sports cars once or twice a month.
So presumably it makes sense to have the tre-excitable Radio Le Mans team handle the sports car broadcasts.
Are we right? We’ll know soon enough. If so, expect the official hand-off at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, the series’ finale.